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TIRES:
Pre-mounted tires readily available in the US:
Pre-mounted tires readily available in the Europe:
  • Hot Race ??

Gluing your own donuts:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hm7z1rz-74s - Special thanks to Edward Pickering!
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The following information came from HERE, with some editing and information added. Thanks Christian!

THIS MAY NEED UPDATING FOR THE NEW BLACK CRC CARPET

Brands:
BSR, CRC, Jaco:
Pro One is no longer selling to the public, but it and the brands above are all mounted by BSR and use the same foam. The nomenclature of the BSR vs Jaco/CRC is a little different in a few instances but is otherwise the same. The BSR foam consists of three families, and can be identifed as synthetics, naturals, and blends.

Synthetics - The old school, light weight, easy to true "dry feeling" tires. These include tires like CRC/Jaco Yellow (BSR White), Black, Gray, etc. These tires offer the highest wear rate and lowest grip. Many racers continue to use these nder high bite conditions.

Naturals - These tires are usually the best alternative for low bite and asphalt. They include Pink, Magenta, Double Pink, Lilac (BSR Team Purple), Purple, and other tires. These tires provide a ton of grip, but tend to get sticky in high bite conditions. This rubber does not wear as easily, and the cars will pick up gunk and fibers from the carpet under most high bite conditions. This is especially bad if the humidity is high.

Blends - These are the tires most people run today. They were initially called "JFT foam" by some, as it was believed that the tires were the same as the JFT tires. We can divide the blends further into two groups: high rubber and low rubber content. The high rubber would be the new rear Orange and Red from the BSR family, and the low rubber would be the Green and Blue varieties. When, asked about the difference, John Foister from BSR Tires said they came from the same "family" of foam, but they offered different grip. According to John, the Green/Blue has more bite than Orange/Red, but from track testing Oranges offer more bite than Green (being equivalent to in hardness) when the grip is high and absolutely no grip when it is lower. The Orange foam has a denser pore structure and the tire is not as prone to chunking. It is also important to note is that BSR Blue rears are not the same as the BSR Blue fronts!

JFT:
JFT stands for Japan Foam Tire. They started the new wave of foam tires we are all using now (Blue/Blu, Green/Greene, Dbl Blue, etc). These tires are a little different than the BSR tire family, but work in very similar conditions. They offers four varieties A (asphalt), C (carpet), S (???), and R (???). This does not mean that those types only work on that surface, but this is what they recommend.

JFT uses the same foam for fronts and rears if the color is the same.

A: Used on asphalt, considered close to the natural rubber variety and are named consistently with other natural tires.
C: Used on carpet, considered a blend.
S: Used on carpet?, tires are ???
R: Used on carpet?, tires are ???

For setup, the JFT foam seem to generate more bite than the BSR, therefore the car tends to be a little more aggressive.

Ulti:
Ulti is another Japanese brand that offers an array of compounds. They have their own way of rating tires, and are difficult to equate to other brands. They have 4 different varieties, each in varying degrees of hardness.

J: High rubber content tire, similar to Pink/ Magenta. Soft would be close to a pink. These offer the most bite and are great for asphalt/carpet front tire. (J hard being very popular)
X: "Balanced" blend, similar to JFT Blue/ Green. Soft is equivalent to Green, medium to Blue in hardness. Great for carpet!
Y: High synthetic blend with lower grip, and is not a very popular variety.
Z: A very expensive "special" foam that is supposed to be magic on asphalt. Only make it in soft shore.
European tires:
There are many great European foam tire brands that use their own types of foam, as well as traditional foams. SOmeone with more knowledge about them will need to fill this in!

Tire Diameter:
If you are racing on carpet, you have to evaluate how much grip your track has. If your track is low to medium grip, you can run bigger tires. If you are on higher bite you have to cut them smaller, there is simply no way around it. Bigger tires are needed for asphalt, especially in the rear. The larger tires provide much needed lateral bite.

Carpet (mm):
Low - Medium Bite
Front: 42.0 - 42.5
Rear: 42.5 - 43.00
Medium - High Bite
Front: 40.5 - 41.0
Rear: 41.5 - 42.0
Big Race
Front: 39.5 - 40.0
Rear: 40.5 - 41.0
Asphalt (mm):
Parking Lot
Front: 43.0 - 44.0
Rear: 44.0 - 45.0
Prepped High Bite
Front: 42.0 - 43.0
Rear: 43.0 - 44.0

Tire Saucing:
Most facilities have moved towards odorless traction additives such as SXT. Some of additives evaporate very quickly and some do not. This seems to be something that is also dependent on tire compound and ambient temperature. For example, saucing a Green compound seems like it never dries, especially when tjhe temperature is lower. We have found that wiping the tires off 15 minutes before we go run allows the sauce to cure, which makes the car come in much quicker with Green rears. Blue compounds on the other hand, do fine when wiped off right before hitting the track.

Saucing half front and full rear is a good initial starting point. If the front of the car is too agressive you can sauce les than half, or for a shorter amount of time.
Tire Fuzzing:
In conditions of increasing grip, foam tires will somewtimes get sticky and pick up fuzz and debris from the track. This is highly dependent on the rubber sedan tire that is being run at your local track and the compound/ type of foam you are running on you car. The softer the sedan tire and the harder/higher rubber content in your foam tire, trouble with fuzzing seems more likely to occur.

There are ways to get around fuzzing under most conditions, and usually involves the selection of the correct foam compound. The more fuzz you get, the softer/lower rubber content you want to run.

Examples:
Problem: Car fuzzes with Lilac/Team Purple fronts and car starts pushing.
Solution: Use a softer front tire and or different family of foam. Replace it with Blue or Double Blue front.

Problem: Car loses rear bite 6 minutes into the run. Blue rear tires look almost clean but have small carpet hairs.
Solution: Use Green rear tires. The softer compound wears instead of getting sticky, minimizing fuzz.

Tire Selection:
Starting out, pick 2 tire compounds for the front and rear. The following should have you covered 99% of the time.

Front - Green and Blue (BSR) or Green and Light Blue (JFT)
Rear - Blue and Double Blue (BSR) or Blue and Dark Blue (JFT)

You may wonder about other compounds out there and if they might be better, trust me, they probably won't be. Even if there are other tires that can be as fast, the synthetic family wears out really fast and the high natural rubber will probably fuzz on you over an 8 minute run. The blends family seems to be the most versatile foam type available today. They last awhile, and sticking to them will make your process of tire selection simpler.
Tire Charts:
BSR/CRC/Jaco



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JFT (Japan Foam Tire)



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ELECTRONICS:
ESC:
As of now, ROAR is staying 1S (3.7V nominal; 4.2V fully charged) for 1/12. There are many 1S ESC's with a built in BEC so nothing else is required to power the receiver and servo.

If you don't want to lock yourself into a 1S specific ESC, you do have other options! It is possible to use your 2S ESC without a booster or receiver pack, and the ESC simply supplies the lower voltage. If that does not appeal to you, you will need to use an Rx pack or booster. The Rx pack and booster will both supply the receiver with a higher voltage than the 1S pack.

If you decide to use an Rx pack, MAKE SURE TO REMOVE THE RED WIRE FROM THE ESC PLUG THAT GOES INTO THE RECEIVER!!!

If you choose to use a voltage booster, it works exactly how it sounds. Instead of plugging the ESC into the receiver, it plugs into the booster, and the booster plug goes to the ESC, supplying the higher voltage.

1S ESC:
If there are any missing please add them!!

If anyone would like a need for a chart comparing the ESC's specs PM fenton06 and I'll get one made and put in here!
Voltage Boosters:
If there are any missing please add them!
Servos:
BODIES:
Black Art (CRC - US Dist):
  • Audi R8C - BA002 - .020 Thick



  • Black Market (Mohawk 12) - BA005 - .020



  • Lola B10 - BA006 - .020 thick
  • Toyota TS030 - BA008 - .020 thick

    Lola - black/red, TS030 - green/pink


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Old 08-27-2009, 06:08 PM   #31936
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Wingracer said in an earlier post, get a hold of Debbies RC World if you really want these orange Jacos.

In March and April we finished our 1/12 season there and there were dozens of packs available. Indoor racing has been virtually non-existent there since then and won't pick up until it gets cold again so, they should have plenty.

I really don't think these are or were some kind of "special tire" not available to the masses. I think most places just didn't pick up on them.
The Jaco Oranges aren't a "special" tire, but they are "special order" through Jaco via your LHS's Jaco distributer. They are not available online currently.
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The Jaco Oranges aren't a "special" tire, but they are "special order" through Jaco via your LHS's Jaco distributer. They are not available online currently.
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Anybody got pics of their 1S lipo set up in a T-bar car?? What little we run 1/12ths I really don't want to buy 2 new chasis, but I do want to get away from nimh cells.
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Wingracer said in an earlier post, get a hold of Debbies RC World if you really want these orange Jacos.

In March and April we finished our 1/12 season there and there were dozens of packs available. Indoor racing has been virtually non-existent there since then and won't pick up until it gets cold again so, they should have plenty.

I really don't think these are or were some kind of "special tire" not available to the masses. I think most places just didn't pick up on them.
Actually he said that if I wanted to spend a fortune to call Debbies, now I dont know if he was refering to the cost or the shipping but I dont want to spend a fortune just to try them.

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You can make you own grey lows, Just pick up a grey rear donut and cut alittle off the end of the rim, Glue them and trun them down.You can get the donuts from CRC or Stormers Hobbies


Hope this helps
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Not a half bad idea Mike, it would be like the old days.

Edited to add: I did'nt mean this to sound like a consperacy or something, just that it seems like some shops are reserving the small number of sets thay have for their local racers going to the IIC.
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Actually he said that if I wanted to spend a fortune to call Debbies, now I dont know if he was refering to the cost or the shipping but I dont want to spend a fortune just to try them.
The price on the wall was like 15 or 16 bucks a pair I think. I will probably be down there Saturday and I can check.
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No worries man, I was just thinking about picking up a few sets to try, I'm going to check with Robert at Ashford and see if he can order me in some.; but I do appreciate the offer.
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Edited to add: I did'nt mean this to sound like a consperacy or something, just that it seems like some shops are reserving the small number of sets thay have for their local racers going to the IIC.
That's not uncommon. Not too long ago I called to order some stuff for a big 1/8th onroad race. This particular shop said he only had a couple of some of the items I wanted and was saving them for his customers going to the race. I told him I was going so he agreed to sell them to me. I hear Burch ended up not getting one of the items because I beat him to it
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The Jaco Oranges aren't a "special" tire, but they are "special order" through Jaco via your LHS's Jaco distributer. They are not available online currently.
Ok who can i contact to order a bunch, I dont have a local jaco dealer?
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Xray goes Link

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No piccies as yet ,but recieved this from a team driver.

I have not been running the XII with lipo yet. Xray will be coming out with a 2nd version link car and I have mine on Tuesday to start testing for Vegas. If all goes well the complete car should be done by the end of the year if not much sooner as it is a big priority for Xray now. There is also a good chance there will be a conversion for the XII to the link version as well.
anyone seen it about?
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Ok who can i contact to order a bunch, I dont have a local jaco dealer?
i would try rcamerica. I believe they sell direct. our shop got 200 pairs and we have had some for about the last month. I can tell you that i was told there was not a part number, so we had to call rcamerica directly to order. I think that has been resolve and there is a part number to order "orange" tires
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Anybody got pics of their 1S lipo set up in a T-bar car?? What little we run 1/12ths I really don't want to buy 2 new chasis, but I do want to get away from nimh cells.
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Speedzone making a single cell saddle pack out by sep or oct..I thru out all my NIMH when I saw that still using a 12l4w
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I also have my mind set on the Speedzone 1cell lipo saddle-pack since I will be driving the RC12R5.1 in a T-plate conversion... Sept. or oct. uh? Nice, that is plenty of time for me... I wonder what the prizes will be for this 1cell lipo...
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I forget what it is called but that is made by a guy in his own house not a big name company mass produced body. You can find them on ebay when he does runs of them. Pretty nice body, I have one. Though I would prefer a different wing mounting.
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Hey guys. Are there any new bodies out this year to try? Whats everyone running? Just trying to get some ideas. Thanks
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